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Swollen belly; Swelling in the abdomen; Abdominal distention; Distended abdomen
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In early June, and for weeks since, news outlets have been writing about a study showing that responsibly drinking five or more servings of wine or other alcohol a week cuts the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by up to 50% . Those who drank 1-4 drinks per week cut their risk by about 20%. The researchers believe this is because alcohol is a mild anti-inflammatory. The study was performed by researchers at the Institute of Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden and was published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
The data consisted of two studies in Sweden and Denmark and included 2,750 men and women, 1,650 of whom had rheumatoid arthritis. The researchers found that those who drank regularly, meaning more than three drinks per week, were less likely to develop RA. The effect appeared to be greater for smokers with genetic risk factors for developin...
I want to look closely at the relationship between our diaphragm and our pelvic floor. The diaphragm is the ceiling of our pelvis and abdomen, while our pelvic floor is just that...the floor of our pelvis and abdomen. Both of these structures are muscular tissue, both can descend down to a bowl shape, and both can draw up to a flattened, tighter position. Our diaphragm descends down to draw in every breath, taking up room in our abdominal and pelvic cavity. When our diaphragm takes up more space, we accommodate by expanding our lower rib cage and chest, and our pelvic floor descends ever so slightly with every breath. These are all components of the natural rhythm of our breathing pattern and pressure displacement.
If our lower rib expansion and chest expansion are not functioning when we take in air, then the increased pressure in the abdominal/pelvic cavity has to find somewhere to go, and often puts increased pressure on our pelvic floor. Let me give some examples. If w...
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